Healthy Homemade Dog Food Recipes

Cooking your pet’s meals using healthy homemade dog food recipes is so satisfying and because you've made it yourself you know exactly what goes into your Cocker's food. Read on if you'd like to learn more about making your own dog food and try some of our delicious recipes.

Delicious Home Cooked Dinners

If you enjoy cooking for your Cocker Spaniel (and who doesn't?) you'll find a tasty selection of healthy dog food recipes just waiting for you to try.

If you need any convincing about why home cooked is best, follow this link to read more about it.

This first recipe below is one of our favorites - Savory Minced Chicken!

We've had lots of great feedback from it so if you only try one recipe, this is it - I just know your dog's going to love it! Not only is it a healthy organic alternative to shop-bought dog food, it's also very easy to make. Organic chicken is best, but good quality minced chicken works well too.

If you'd like to share one of your Cocker's favorite recipes, we'd love to hear from you, simply complete the form at the bottom of this page.

Tasty Homemade Dog Food Recipes!

Savory Minced Chicken Meal

Savory minced chicken is Max's favorite meal and I'm sure if he could make it himself, he would.


Feed your pet healthy homemade dog food recipes to keep him happy and healthy
  • 1 pound of organic minced chicken
  • 2 cups of whole brown rice
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon of rosemary
  • 1/2 pound of finely chopped broccoli
  • 1/2 pound of diced carrots


  • Place the minced chicken, water, rice and rosemary into a large pan.

  • Combine all the ingredients - taking care to break up the minced chicken.

  • Put the pan on a high heat and bring to the boil.

  • When the mixture has reached boiling point, reduce the heat to the lowest setting and simmer for 20 minutes.

  • At this point, add the vegetables and cook until tender.

  • When the mixture is cooked and vegetables are tender, remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool.

  • Place in foil containers and refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.

Homemade Dog Food Recipes: Lamb And Rice Dinner

This is another of Max's favorite homemade dog food recipes - he hovers very closely when I'm in the kitchen making this! I don't know how he does it, but he always seems to know when I'm cooking for him.


  • 1lb of ground lamb (beef can be used as an alternative)
  • 2 cups of brown rice
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped broccoli
  • 3 medium-sized potatoes, peeled
  • 3 medium-sized carrots
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped spinach


  • Brown the ground lamb in a large frying pan, and when browned, transfer the meat to a large deep pan.

  • Add enough water to cover and bring up to the boil.
Two well fed, well exercised, happy, healty cocker spaniels
  • Cube the potatoes.

    Chop the broccoli.

  • Chop the carrots.

  • Add the cubes of potato to the frying pan and fry gently in the lamb juices before adding to the deep pan - don't forget the juices.

  • Add the broccoli, carrots, and chopped spinach to the lamb mixture.

  • Add the rice and mix well.

  • Top up with enough water to cover the lamb mixture and simmer gently for around 20 minutes, or until the lamb and vegetables are tender and the rice is cooked.

  • Allow to cool.

This particular homemade dog food recipe will keep up to 4 days in the refrigerator, or if you prefer, it could be divided into single portions and frozen - simply defrost a portion overnight for the next day.

Not only is this recipe healthy and nutritious, I'm sure your dog will agree it's tasty too!

Homemade Dog Food Recipe: Savory Mince And Veggies


  • 750 grams of beef mince
  • 1 kg of mixed vegetables of your choice: carrots, potato, broccoli, peas, parsnip, cauliflower
  • 2 cups of rice
  • 1 or 2 beef stock cubes


  • Brown the minced beef in a large frying pan, or in batches in a large deep pan.

  • Add enough water to the pan to cover the beef and bring up to the boil.

  • Make up the stock cubes in a little water and add to the pan.

  • If the liquid doesn't cover the mixture add a little more and simmer gently for around 20 minutes, or until the beef is tender.

  • Chop the vegetables into bite-sized pieces and add to the pan.

  • Add the rice and mix well.

  • Cook for a further 10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and the rice is cooked.

  • Set aside and allow to cool.

Homemade dog food recipes such as these contain natural, healthy, ingredients and are much fresher than some of the commercial dog foods available!

Homemade Dog Food Recipes: Rosemary Chicken


  • 1 pound minced chicken or turkey
  • 2 cups of brown rice
  • 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary
  • 1 Medium sized pack of frozen mixed vegetables or, if you prefer, a mixture of fresh chopped vegetables
  • 1 chicken stock cube


Such a beatifully colored cocker spaniel, he's almost ginger!
  • Brown the minced meat in a pan, using a wooden spoon to break it up, and add the rosemary.

  • Dissolve the stock cube in enough water to cover the mixture.

  • Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and allow to simmer gently for 20 minutes.

  • Add the vegetables and rice, mix thoroughly, and cook until the vegetables are tender and the rice is cooked.

  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool before refrigerating.

Each of our homemade dog food recipes above can be prepared and cooked in advance and refrigerated for up to 4 days.

Alternatively, they can be packed in foil containers and frozen in single portions and defrosted when needed.

Homemade Dog Food Recipes: Summary

Cooking for your dog can be fun and it's good to know what ingredients do into his meals.

However, our healthy homemade dog food recipes are meant as suggested variations to your dog's diet and should only be used occasionally; there isn't enough variation in these recipes to sustain your pet's health long-term.

Before making any changes to your dog's diet, I recommend you discuss it with your veterinary to make sure you're feeding your Cocker Spaniel a well-balanced, nutritional diet.

If you've enjoyed preparing these recipes for your dog, we also have some homemade dog biscuit recipes if you'd like to try your hand at those - we're sure your faithful friend will love you for it!

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